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I’m Still Black in America

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So I watched CNN’s Black in America last night.  Twice.  I got home late and came in half-way.  I finished that and then watched the re-broadcast at 2am.

What can I say?  It should be called Black America lite.

The focus was on black women and families (tonight they explore black men) and in the two hour commercial filled broadcast they hit a lot of topics: single motherhood (and single fatherhood), how black kids aren’t faring well in school, interracial dating, waiting on a black man, marrying baby daddies– you name it.  And although I have to hand kudos to Soledad O’Brien (whom my husband mistook for white when he came into the room to watch it with me) I have to say the whole show was just an introduction.  It wasn’t what I would deem old school investigative reporting where you go deep into the problems behind the facts, not just present them to us.  But I guess in the new millennium where looking something up in wikipedia could be called researching then, yeah, it hit the mark.

But if it is just the beginning where does the discussion go from there?  Like black women and health care.  We are more prone to suffer from diabetes and high blood pressure but why?  A few months ago on the PBS special Unnatural Causes: Is Inequality Making Us Sickthey had a long segment on why African American women were more likely to have miscarriages and babies born who are underweight, even when those AfAm women are middle class and up and have health insurance.   Last night they barely touched black women’s health and the focus was then on lower economic black women.  That’s only part of the story, but not the whole story. 

So where do we go from here.  What do we talk about?  Was last night’s show really going to make a difference or were we just used for a ratings spike?

You tell me.


Written by rentec

24 July, 2008 at 3:48 pm

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